Now, that is gone. The statistics stopped growing at 1,211 points, 555 rebounds, 296 assists, 164 3-pointers and 120 steals.
“That leadership void and that intangible thing that Whit did where she just made everyone else better because she was walking around on the floor, I think sometimes when you have somebody the caliber of Whitney Hand, you don't want (be as vocal) because she's so good at it,” Coale said.
Oklahoma rallied to beat North Texas, 71-68.
Hand followed the game at the hospital thanks to GameTracker and text updates from the women's basketball sports information director.
“I hate that. I hate not being there,” Hand said.
Just a week after her college career ended, she sat smiling as her bubbly personality shined.
“At first when it happened, I was so upset because I wanted to leave this place better than I found it,” Hand said. “I kept thinking, ‘Everything's for nothing. All those millions of shots were for nothing.'
“I feel like I've been doing a lot of processing, and I'm good with it all. I'm OK. And all of the support I received, just the love, I was so overwhelmed with all of it. That helped. It was kind of like an ointment over me, for my mind and my soul.
“I realized, I could have played 30 more games, but my legacy would be the same. It is what it is, and I've done what I've done.”
The Tulsa World contributed to this story